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Mooresville Moments
In honor of Mooresville's 175th Anniversary and the 200th
anniversary of the birth of Mooresville's founder, Samuel Moore,
the Mooresvill&Vecatur/Monrovia Times is publishing regular
articles about the history of Mooresville and Moore.
Scout Cabin
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Donations from local people
varied from 25 cents to $5 and
each name was acknowledged
in the Mooresville Times. In the
end, the pledges totaled
$221.55. A minstrel show in
August and a Halloween party,
auction and a grand masked
parade helped raise funds to
complete the project.
Dedication of the scout cabin
Late in March, 1937, Dr.
Charles L. Aker, local physician
and member of the local scout
committee, announced plans to
build a recreational cabin to be
used by Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts
and other youth groups.
The Building was to be 20-feet
by 40-feet, log, with a wainscot
of stone. Much of the material
used was salvaged when the ad¬
dition to the Academy Building
was removed to make way for
the new William & Milton Newby
Elementary School, and thus pre¬
serve some memories for future
was May, 31, 1938. Every boy
or girl scout and their families
were invited to the program.
6:00 p.m. Mess call by scout
bugler and a basket dinner
The logs were old electric line
poles donated by the Public Ser¬
vice Company. W.L. Milner was
the contractor and much of the
labor was donated. For certain
expenses, a fund drive was nec¬
essary. It was estimated the
amount needed was between
7:00 p.m. Scout bugler sounds
retreat and flag is lowered.
7:05 p.m. Community singing
led by Fitshugh Lee.
7:20-8 p.m. Addresses by rep¬
resentatives of Girl Scouts, White
River Council Boy Scouts, and
district governor of Lions Club.
8:05 p.m. Acceptance by
town board.
8:10 p.m. Inspection.
$300 and $500.
The cabin was to be of rustic
design. A clapboard roof was
installed under the supervision of
Jess Thompson, who was one of
the few men in Mooresville who
knew how to do this type of
work. A fireplace was planned
for one end of the cabin.
The cabin is still in use by Scout
Troop 231.

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